HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
What's in your child's lunchbox?

Sacramento, CA August 20, 2003 - It's back-to-school time and time for parents to think about what their kids are eating. Over 16 percent of children nationwide are overweight and that percentage is expected to rise. Parents greatly influence what their kids eat and encouraging healthy eating habits is more important now than ever.

Preparing the right school lunch and snack foods is a challenge parents face at the end of each summer. Meals Matter www.mealsmatter.org is a free web site that can help take the guesswork out of what to prepare for lunch. The site's Back-to-School section contains advice for parents including lunch and snack recipes, nutrition information for kids and a feature called Ask the Dietitian.

"Parents have a huge responsibility to make sure what their kids eat is nutritious and at the same time, tasteful," states Debbie Allen, R.D. and one of Meals Matter's Ask the Dietitian experts. "A little planning and knowing what their kids like to eat will greatly reduce the stress of making lunches."

Besides breakfast, lunch is the second most important meal for school-aged children and provides one-third of their daily calories. One of the easiest ways parents can know if they're packing a nutritious lunch is to follow the food guide pyramid. A mixture of whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and lean lunchmeats provide a variety of lunch possibilities.

Prepackaged foods are a time-saver but Allen cautions parents to read the nutrient label and ingredients first. "Fats, trans fats, salt, added sugars and high calories are found in many pre-packaged snacks. Choose healthier options that provide sustenance and not empty calories."

The quantity of food packed is also important since portion size is another factor that contributes to overweight kids. One snack bag of chips may contain two or more servings. Pre-measuring items such as pretzels or cookies into the correct serving size shows kids just h
'"/>

Contact: Schaelene Rollins
srollins@dairycouncilofca.org
916-263-3560
Dairy Council of California
20-Aug-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Post election 2004: Whats in store for health policy
2. Gingivitis vs. gum disease: Whats the difference?
3. Scientists To Prepare Advisory Report On Whats Been Learned About The Possible Adverse Health Effects of Electric Fields
4. Mothers depression associated with increased risk of childs antisocial behavior
5. Being overweight has a significant effect on a childs quality of life
6. Obesity can be harmful to your childs mental health
7. Majority of parents schedule childs first dental visit two years too late
8. Parenting, stress and your childs risk for alcoholism

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/9/2018)... COSTA MESA, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... August 09, ... ... treatment, officially announces LegitScript certification. LegitScript is a new verification process that substance ... Longridge said, “Being LegitScript certified means we can reach more people to help.” ...
(Date:8/9/2018)... ... August 09, 2018 , ... Thanks to the ... company’s independent distributors, customers, and employees, the newly established Isagenix Legacy Foundation ... $2 million goal. 100 percent of the donations will fund grants to nonprofit ...
(Date:8/7/2018)... ... 07, 2018 , ... Today Springfield Creamery added six new ... cream-on-top-style yogurts are made with milk from grass-fed cows who enjoy a diet ... acids. Nancy’s sources the milk from organic family-owned farms, all within 60 miles ...
(Date:8/3/2018)... ... ... On August 2, 2018 the JPML ordered that the Zostavax MDL be ... has been litigating Zostavax injuries since 2011. , On ... the thousands of people injured by Zostavax, a vaccine given to adults to prevent ...
(Date:8/2/2018)... ... 02, 2018 , ... Dr. Srini Pillay , best-selling author of ... people could care less, demonstrating a “whatever” attitude toward life, people, and situations around ... one often overlooked reason relates to being overworked. Called self-regulation depletion (SRD), this condition ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/9/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... August 09, 2018 , ... ... CBD Day with Charlotte-area company cbdMD named the exclusive sponsor. , “We’re honored ... exciting to see such public embrace for CBD on a national level,” said ...
(Date:8/7/2018)... ... August 07, 2018 , ... Commissioner Gottlieb’s FDA:, Analysis of First ... – 3:00 p.m. ET, http://www.fdanews.com/commissionergottliebsfda , Under Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, changes ... have benefited, some may have gotten hurt. , And Gottlieb is just getting started. ...
(Date:8/7/2018)... PLEASANTON, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Chief Executive Officer, today announced the appointment of Richard A. Stark to assume the role of Sanarus ... will apply his 20+ years of strategic development, marketing and sales experience in medical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: